Caution: Dedicated Defender
The owner of a Black Russian Terrier must commit to socialization and training, says breeder Gayle W. Even a well-socialized and trained Black Russian, however, can assume defense mode when he thinks a situation requires guarding. Gayle recalls walking her friendliest female one night in New York during Westminster, when a vendor with purses hanging from his arms rushed them and yelled.
“If I hadn’t had her on a short leash, she might have bitten him. These dogs need an owner who understands how a protection dog thinks and works, and will take responsibility for it. No flopping down the street with a Flexi-lead,” Gayle says.
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